For our patients in Keller, nail fungus can be a problem that can easily go unnoticed. The important fact to remember is that it’s easy to get a fungal nail infection since it spreads readily from one nail to another with very little sign of a problem. At Prism Dermatology we offer very effective treatment for problems with nail fungus. Patients can become at risk for nail fungal infections from moist and warm locations such as a locker room or pool area. To avoid getting nail fungus, avoid walking barefoot in these places. Continually wearing the same pair of sweaty shoes can also cause nail fungus.
What Are The Signs Of Nail Fungus?
One of the first signs of nail fungus for Keller residents is toenail discoloration. Nail fungus can cause nails to develop something that looks like a white spot. The spots that form on the nail may also appear to be different colors as well such as brown or yellow. If left untreated, toenails will likely harden and separate from the toe, and may even crumble.
How Can It Be Diagnosed?
Treatment for Keller nail fungus is essential for remedying the problem because the infection can continue to cause additional damage to your other nails. Once you schedule an appointment with our board-certified dermatologist at Prism Dermatology, he will be able to examine your nails and the skin around them in order to identify the problem. He may look for signs of fungus including athlete’s foot. In most cases the dermatologist may need to collect samples of the skin, nail, or substance underneath the nail, in order to provide you with an accurate nail fungus diagnosis. The samples are painlessly and gently collected and will be tested at a lab for fungus.
What Are The Treatment Options?
Once you have received a confirmed diagnosis, the dermatologist will go over toenail fungus treatment options with you at our office. Treatment for any kind of nail fungus requires a prescription. Depending on the severity of your fungal infection you may be prescribed a medication that you will apply directly to the nails. There are many effective FDA approved nail fungus medications are fully effective in eliminating the problem. This prescription will prevent new fungus from developing as your nails grow. One of the other primary treatment options available from Prism Dermatology is laser treatment. Our professional team utilizes advanced lasers, which are virtually pain-free to destroy toenail fungus at the root cause level.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
It usually takes about five months for healthy nails to grow out, after treatment has started and Keller toenail discoloration takes a year or longer to completely grow out. More serious cases of fungal infections require oral medication which often cure the infection faster than topical prescriptions. There are many great oral medication options that will eliminate the problem. Our Keller foot doctors typically recommend about two to three months of prescription medication to get rid of the fungal infection for good. For the most severe cases, and in the event that prescription medications are not working, the doctor may need to remove the nail either with nonsurgical or surgical techniques.
Get Your Questions Answered
If you think you may be dealing with the symptoms of a Keller nail fungus, call Prism Dermatology at 817-329-1350 to schedule a consultation with our licensed dermatologist today. We are here to answer all your questions.